Doublespeak fiscal cliff duplicity belies what's going on. What Washington on the one hand gives, much more is taken away or planned.
Popular needs go begging. Cynicism, indifference, and dismissiveness define official policy. Hard times reflect it. Worse ahead is planned.
Reality swept under the rug conceals it. Growing millions find it harder than ever to get by. Fiscal cliff double-dealing toughened things further.
New York TimesSpeak didn't notice. On January 4, it headlined "Tax Code May Be the Most Progressive Since 1979."
Saying so turned truth on its head. About "99.3 percent of households experience(d) no change in their income taxes."
Nearly half US households pay none. All workers have payroll tax deductions. Raising them from 4.2% - 6.2% exacted a 50% tax increase for most Americans.
The Times pretended not to notice. It cited the Tax Policy Center saying the average top 1% household "will pay a federal tax rate of more than 36 percent this year, up from 28 percent in 2008. That is the highest rate since 1979, at least."
Average taxes aren't effective ones. They're not what rich folks pay. They bear lesser burdens. That's what matters most. Media scoundrels don't explain.
"By some measures, the tax code might now be the most progressive in a generation," said The Times. Saying so is a Big Lie.
"Obama made 'tax fairness' a centerpiece of his re-election campaign." He "insiste(d) on tax increases for the top 2 percent of households and a continuation of tax breaks and cuts for a vast number of taxpayers."
False! Bipartisan complicity plans destroying America's social contract. Yearend double-dealing left tough issues for 2013.
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public pensions, and other benefits are on the chopping block for elimination. A decade from now they may be entirely gone.
The Times and other media scoundrels conceal hard truths. Managed news misinformation substitutes. Ordinary people are scammed.
High income earners have clever lawyers and accountants. Loopholes let them manipulate the tax code advantageously. They pay much less than headline numbers. Others pay it fully.
Decades earlier progressive taxes don't exist. Bipartisan complicity changed nothing. America's top 2% got off easy. Ordinary people are hit hardest. So are those most disadvantaged.